On Friday night 161 Year 6 students of Federated schools of St Paul’s, St Catherine’s and St Peter’s gathered with their families, friends and teachers at St Patrick’s Cathedral to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. We were very proud of all students as they received the third of the Sacraments of initiation, as they were strengthened and sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.
The celebrant for the evening was Fr Brendan Hayes with Fr Jacob who concelebrated. Congratulations to all the students as you take this important step in your life.
National Reconciliation Week
National Reconciliation Week is held every year from 27 May to 3 June.
The aim of Reconciliation Week is to raise awareness of the issues Indigenous people face.
We also celebrate Indigenous cultures and histories, and recognise the achievements and contributions of Indigenous people in all areas of society.
'Grounded in Truth, Walk together in Courage’.
On 13th February 2008 our Federal parliament said sorry to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who were so wronged in the past.
Today we focus on the healing dimension of reconciliation and remember the suffering of the Indigenous people.
We come to say sorry and truly work together to make amends. We recognise that true healing starts by all Australians coming together in compassion and love.
At Assembly on Tuesday, we come united as we pray to God, who will heal our wounds, and free us to love and show compassion, justice and peace to all. All parents are warmly welcomed to join us. Assembly will begin at 2.45 in the Hall.
Grandparents and Special Visitors
This Friday we will be celebrating the gift of Grandparents and special people in our lives. For those children who do not have Grandparents, they are most welcome to invite a special visitor. The celebrations will begin with a Liturgy in the church at 9.15am. The students will line up outside the hall at 9.05am and can be collected to go into the church by their visitors. In the case of rain, the students will straight into the church. Visitors will then spend time in classrooms with the students and morning tea will be provided in the Hall at 10.45am. The celebrations will conclude at 11.15
After rigorous rounds of auditions, Isabella Schneider (Yr 5) has been selected to perform with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at Hamer Hall on July 18 and July 20. With internationally-renowned conductor Sir Andrew Davis at the helm, Isabella is one of just 30 Australian Girls’ Choir members who will be on stage with the MSO (and selected members of the National Boys Choir) performing in Stravinsky’s Perséphone/The Rite of Spring. Isabella is absolutely delighted to have this incredible opportunity (learning to sing Stravinsky’s music in French will be quite a challenge!)
Congratulations Isabella. We are very proud of you.
I hope you have a wonderful week. Stay warm!
It’s been 9 months since I was appointed to Holy Trinity Parish, as your Parish Priest. Firstly, I wish to thank you for the openness, the warmth, and the hospitality that has been extended to me since my arrival. You have made my transition into Holy Trinity Parish so much less stressful and overwhelming. So again, I thank you.
Holy Trinity Parish, comprised of the communities of St Peter’s, St Paul’s and St Catherine’s, is like no other parish in the Melbourne Archdiocese. It is geographically large, complex, with communities that have different histories, experiences, and expressions of being Catholic. It is a unique community that, through Fr. Michael’s vision, unites around a mission of being welcoming, open, and hospitable to all that wish to be part of the community. We are respectful and forgiving. And we are consultative in our decision making.
To that last point, being consultative in decision making, is why I am talking with you today.
Our focus as a Catholic community is always on the spiritual support and nourishment of you, our parishioners. But to deliver the masses and liturgies, sacraments, support of the poor, visitations of the sick, and education of our children requires a not-insignificant organisational structure and support team.
Holy Trinity Parish has an operational structure that is different to any other that I have seen or experienced. And this difference made sense given the unique structure of our Parish.
However, after 9 months of living Holy Trinity Parish and understanding the nuances, and how things have operated, it’s now time to step back, take stock and understand how we best position Holy Trinity Parish for the next phase of growth. Understand how we best optimise the people and resources that make up our community.
To that end, I have engaged an external consultancy, Dench McClean Carlsson, to undertake a review of Holy Trinity Parish. Commencing this coming week, and running for up to 6 weeks, the consultancy will undertake an organisational and strategic review of our Parish.
The overall aim of the review is to assess the current status of the Parish, document any critical issues for immediate attention and recommend actions for improvement, identify the key issues for the future and the potential paths forward.
The review will identify areas for optimisation of the current operating model, organisation structure and utilisation of Parish assets (including property assets) to secure the ongoing viability of the Parish and minimise any risks.
I wish to be very clear that this review will not cover the clerical elements of our Parish. That is, the review will not be looking at the model of priests in the parish, nor mass times and locations. That’s not to say that we shouldn’t also look at these elements in time, but
I wish to reassure you that this review is a normal process for complex organisations to undertake at regular intervals, or following periods of major change, to identify opportunities for potential improvement, or areas where things are not working as well as they could.
I also have been strongly supported in my desire to undertake this review. Your Pastoral Leadership Team has been involved in the development of the review, and the review and it’s scope has been strongly support by the Vicar General of the Archdiocese. In fact, Monsignor Greg Bennett is hopeful that our review will become the ‘standard’ for other parishes to adopt.
I am sure you will have a few questions about the review, so a member of the Pastoral Leadership Team will say a few words after this video and will be around after Mass to discuss the review with you, if you wish. And of course, I welcome you reaching out to me, as well, should you wish to discuss the review.
In summing up, I’m excited about the opportunities for growth which exist in our great parish. But to enable us to continue, and expand, the way we minister to our community, it’s time to better understand any challenges which lie in front of us, and to explore the opportunities for optimisation.
Father Raju Jacob MST
If there is one word which sums up everything in the New Testament it surely must be the word LOVE.
May I suggest to you that you spend two minutes reflecting upon the unconditional love which God has for you. This love manifested through your family, friends and other loved ones.
As you reflect watch this very short video.
Edward Dooley (Mission and Faith Leader)
To all our St Paul's Dads
For those who don’t know me My names Sam Robertson and I’m the coach of the St Pauls Dads footy team
The Dads club put the team together 10 plus years ago to give our Dads an opportunity to have some fun and to get to know some of the Dads you wouldn’t normally meet. Of course to enjoy a bit of fitness along the way as well.
Now don’t worry there won’t be any Indian file or Suicide runs, its more about having a kick and a bit of a laugh. We have two games, a practise match against Port Melbourne PS Friday night August 2nd and the Big game is against old foes St Peters East Bentleigh PS (The Toffee Apples) on Saturday 31st August. This is a really fun day played in good spirits raising money for both schools. Again don’t worry if you just want to train and have some fun and don’t want to play that’s ok. Should I bring up our Ballarat Footy trip at the end of the year ? Maybe too much info at this stage, but that’s a great weekend as well!
So if you want to get out of the house have a kick with the dads for an hour or so and enjoy maybe one or two beverages after, get yourself down to McKinnon Reserve Cnr Tucker and McKinnon Rds McKinnon at 4pm This Sunday. We will be training every Sunday then on.
If you have any questions please give me a call 0414894277 or firstname.lastname@example.org
St Paul's Oshclub Bentleigh.